Mary Earps saves the Lionesses' blushes! England winners & losers from underwhelming win as Women's World Cup meets Haiti teen star Melchie Dumornay

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The Manchester United shot-stopper came up with a huge save late on to ensure the European champions won their opener in Australia

European champions England kicked off their Women's World Cup campaign on Saturday in what proved to be a tricky opening encounter with Haiti, the Caribbean nation causing lots of problems despite the Lionesses winning 1-0.

Georgia Stanway's penalty was the difference in an entertaining game, one she had to take twice for it to count. There were plenty of chances for England aside from that, too, but none of which were taken.

It's rare that a title contender produces a world-class performance in their first game - just look at Australia's victory by the same scoreline or the United States' surprisingly low-scoring triumph over Vietnam. But there were concerns for England in this match.

That said, there were also positives for head coach Sarina Wiegman to take, and a thrilling performance from a particularly exciting young player on the opposing team, too.

GOAL breaks down the winners & losers from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane...

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  1. WINNER: Georgia Stanway
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    WINNER: Georgia Stanway

    England's best player on the night, it was fitting that Stanway proved to be the match-winner. No one created more chances than the Bayern Munich star, whose passing around the edge of the penalty area was as excellent as her crossing into the box.

    She was denied by an excellent save first up from the spot, but her second penalty attempt showed coolness and composure that was crucial to the Lionesses getting the result. She put in her shift defensively, too.

  2. LOSER: Millie Bright

    LOSER: Millie Bright

    This was Millie Bright's first official match since March, a knee injury having ended her season with Chelsea early, and it was evident in her performance. She had the chance to shake some of that rust off in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Canada last week, but with roll-on, roll-off subs used, and no media watching, there's no info on how much the England skipper actually played.

    Sadly for her, that rust was on show still in Brisbane, with her misjudging the ball several times and caught out of position at others to allow Haiti some opportunities.

    She and her team will hope that is all the cobwebs gone now, with the Lionesses' next game, against Denmark, anticipated to be their toughest of the group stage.

  3. WINNER: Jess Carter
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    WINNER: Jess Carter

    While Bright struggled next to her, Jess Carter played well at centre-back having got the nod to be her partner while Alex Greenwood played on the left. She completed all but four of her 102 passes attempted, came out on top in both of her tackles, made four clearances and won possession back on seven occasions.

    It was a very strong outing on her World Cup debut, with the Chelsea defender more than justifying her place in the starting XI.

  4. LOSER: Ella Toone
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    LOSER: Ella Toone

    England continue to have a problem in the No.10 role, with Ella Toone once again not at her best in this game. She rarely picked up the pockets of space in front of the defence, instead dropping into deeper or wider positions that meant the Lionesses didn't have someone dedicated to pulling those strings in that dangerous area.

    It was surprising that she played the 90 minutes with Lauren James having impressed in the position against Portugal earlier this month, but perhaps Wiegman was trying to let her find her rhythm. Sadly, though, she didn't and the coach will surely be pondering what to do in that area from here on out.

  5. WINNER: Mary Earps
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    WINNER: Mary Earps

    If it was not for Mary Earps, England would not have picked up an opening night win. The Manchester United shot-stopper made an unorthodox save to deny Melchie Dumornay in the second period, the teenager producing a shot that moved a lot in the air and caused concern, but her big moment was towards the end of the match.

    As substitute Roseline Eloissaint burst into the box and through on goal, Earps stuck out a leg and made a crucial stop that ensured her team got all three points. After having little to do all match, it was an even more impressive intervention.

  6. LOSER: Alessia Russo
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    LOSER: Alessia Russo

    Given the nod by Wiegman for the opening match despite serious pressure for her place from Rachel Daly in particular, Alessia Russo's all-round game was not a bad one, with her contributing well in the build-up play and making good runs off the ball.

    But she had a whole host of chances to get onto the scoresheet in Brisbane and failed to take them. It will be interesting to see if she keeps her shirt for the next game.

  7. WINNER: Melchie Dumornay
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    WINNER: Melchie Dumornay

    While it was Stanway who was handed the Player of the Match award on Saturday, Haiti's Dumornay was the player that most would have given it to. The teenager was the stand-out performer, her work-rate, creativity, fantastic footwork and physical traits all making her almost unstoppable. Indeed, only Stanway created more chances and no one completed more dribbles.

    Only 19 years old, this was the biggest moment of Dumornay's career to date and she shook off any nerves and pressure to show the entire world why she is one of the best young players on the planet.